I finally visited Naoshima. I had meant to for so many years but never did because I was unsure of what I’d find there and worried about the cost. Now, I’ve been twice and want to go back again when I get the chance.
Naoshima is now known as one of the art islands of the Seto Sea and rightfully so since it offers visitors museums and well thought out art installations around the port area. I particularly like the traditional houses that have been infused with art of all sorts. Walking through the streets at times feels like you are in an open-air museum. Visitors to the island walk around so respectfully and quiet, it is as they were engaged in something spiritual.
I waited my turn to get a picture in front of one of the giant pumpkin sculptures on the island, which was difficult because people were never satisfied with the shot they got. I eventually made it to a coastal cliff where I took some great panoramas of the Inland Sea.
My accommodation was a comfortable rental house that could easily be a year round home. It was equipped with a deck that provided a sea view topped off by spectacular sunsets. I was only there for a couple of days so next time I want to stay longer and look for some local events to take part in.